NHL News: Player News and Updates for 10/1/14
NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on the Latest News, Off-Season Schedule and More
October 1, 2014
The countdown is on. We’ve got just one more week to wait until the official start to the 2014-15 NHL season, and the anticipation is palpable. While we’re waiting, let’s take our daily look around the league and see which players are making headlines out there. Here’s a look at the notable storylines.
It looks like Al Montoya has claimed the backup goalie gig behind Roberto Luongo in Florida.
Even though his contract seemed to dictate that he’d make the team as the No. 2, Montoya still went out there and played well during the preseason. That said, Luongo will get the vast majority of the starts this season and Montoya will be used sparingly as a filler.
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The Panthers made some roster moves early this week, but none came as much of a surprise. Wingers Joey Crabb and Bobby Butler were cut, as was defenseman Greg Zanon.
Crabb posted 15 goals and 14 assists in 62 games last season in AHL San Antonio, which is where he’s expected to be landing. Butler will likely be doing the same, and he’s coming off a 22-goal, 25-assist year in 69 appearances at that level.
The Oilers’ Luke Gazdic has been participating in full-contact practice this week, and he looks like he’s finally nearing the end of his recovery form shoulder surgery this off-season.
With any luck, Gazdic will be good to go for the opener, where he’ll take his place on the checking line.
Over in Anaheim, the Ducks’ Jakob Silfverberg is more than likely going to be landing on the second line this season. Sources close to the team have him playing alongside Ryan Kesler, which will put him in line to improve on last year’s numbers (10 goals; 13 assists). A lot of people think Silfverberg has the potential in him for a 60-point campaign, but it remains to be seen if he’ll reach those lofty expectations or not.
NHL Daily Schedule: The league action will be picking back up again on Wednesday, October 8. Let’s check out the schedule for that evening and see what we can expect on opening.
Wednesday, October 8, 2014:
7:00 PM ET:
Montreal Canadiens at Toronto Maple Leafs
7:30 PM ET:
Philadelphia Flyers at Boston Bruins
10:00 PM ET:
Vancouver Canucks at Calgary Flames
San Jose Sharks at Los Angeles Kings
NHL Off-Season Schedule: Let’s keep our hockey fix going with a look at the remaining 2014 off-season calendar. There’s been quite a bit of action keeping us occupied so far, and we’ve still got more to look forward to.
Mid-September: Training camps begin
October 8: First games of the 2014-15 NHL season
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